Tanya Tagaq


While studying visual arts in Halifax, she developed her throat singing technique and started performing. Icelandic pop singer Björk picked up on her talent and asked her to collaborate on her album Medúlla in 2004. In 2005 Tagaqs solo debut album Sinaa was released, winning her the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. In 2006, Tagaq worked with the Kronos Quartet for the first time, as part of their Nunavat project. Their collaboration was captured in the documentary A String Quartet in her Throat, which was released in 2007. Since, Tagaq's work with the Quartet has continued with several collaborative projects. These include their CD Tundra Songs (2014), featuring compositions by Derek Charke. and the Kronos Quartet's Fifty for the Future project. Tagaq has won several prizes for her solo albums as well as her soundtracks for films on Inuit culture. The short film for her song Tungijuq won Best Multi Media at the Western Canadian Music Awards in 2010. In 2014, she received recognition from the Globe and Mail newspaper as Artist of the Year, and from Now Magazine for Concert of the Year. That same year, her album Animism fought off competition from Drake and Arcade Fire to claim the prestigious Canadian Polaris Music Prize. In 2015, Tagaq won the Juno Award for Best Aboriginal Recording of the Year.